Invitation to the Dance (1956)

Invitation to the Dance





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This is a movie where three entirely different stories are told though dancing. Words are not used and the style of dancing is different for each part. Kelly is a clown in the 'Circus'; a Marine in 'Ring Around the Rosy'; and Sinbad in 'Sinbad the Sailor'.

Rating: Unrated
Genre: Musical & Performing Arts
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Written By: Gene Kelly
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On DVD: Mar 29, 2005

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Critic Reviews for Invitation to the Dance

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Full Review… | March 26, 2009
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Audience Reviews for Invitation to the Dance

When watching a Gene Kelly musical one could have the feeling that the musical numbers were interrupted by the story, not the other way round. Here Kelly finds a project with a scope big enough to fit his whole ego, finally doing away with all the story (in the way of words, at least) and leaving us with all the dancing. This criminaly unseen impressionistic film opens quite a window into the imagination of one of Old Hollywood's most prolific artists - and not quite unlike "Singin' in the Rain", he made a movie looking at the core of what it was about to make an MGM musical: it was about being artsy, it was about being kitschy, about working with archetypes and especially about wearing thights and trying to melt icebergs by smiling at the camera.

Matheus Carvalho
Matheus Carvalho

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completely underrated by critics. He deserved far more recognition for his outstanding talent in this film.


I rate this a five because the Sinbad the Sailor tap routine that GENE did with the swordsmen was excellent!!

Rachel Hill

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